WHEREAS, Dr. Loy Jordan, a well-known and highly regarded resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has contributed significantly to the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club as a member since 1952, during which time he has had a perfect record of attendance, and as a tribute to his exemplary service, he will be honored during a dedication service on November 14, 2000; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Jordan was born in Lamar County on September 27, 1911; he graduated from Lamar County High School and received a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University, where he played football with Shug Jordan and Joel Eaves as a member of the Meagher's Marauders, earning the nickname "Speedy"; and
WHEREAS, after serving his country with honor and patriotism as a member of the United States Armed Service, he returned to Vernon, Alabama, and married his loving wife, Geraldine "Lucy", with whom he recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary; Dr. and Mrs. Jordan are the proud parents of a daughter, Mitzi; son, Michael; and four grandchildren, Emily and Anna Ford, and Alex and Davis Jordan; and
WHEREAS, over the years, Dr. Jordan served with professionalism as a member of the Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Corps, where he lived and served in sixteen states in four years; he returned to Tuscaloosa in 1952 and enjoyed a successful practice in veterinary medicine for more than 42 years before his retirement in 1994; and
WHEREAS, personifying that which is the very best in superior performance, Dr. Jordan has given unselfishly of his time and energy to numerous professional and community organizations, including the Alabama Academy of Veterinary Practice, the American Veterinary Medicine Association, the American Legion, the Elks Club, the Tuscaloosa Shrine Club, Order of the Scottish Rite, and as a Golden Eagle Member of the Auburn Alumni Association; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Jordan is a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor of Rotary International, and when his daughter, Mitzi Ford, became a member of the Talladega Rotary Club, they were the first father-daughter Rotarians in the State of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, in addition to making countless visits to Rotary Clubs throughout the United States, he also has attended Rotary meetings in Jerusalem, France, Egypt, Canada, Greece, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Ireland; and
WHEREAS, a man of exceptional stature and character, Dr. Loy has brought great credit and distinction to himself through as a member of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and devoted Deacon at the Church of Christ and, through his many involvements, he has greatly improved the quality of life within the local community and throughout the state; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That highest commendation and gratitude are hereby extended to Dr. Loy Jordan of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for his distinguished service and perfect record of attendance with the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution shall be provided to Dr. Jordan as a measure of sincere tribute and esteem.